1. Seizing; embracing; catching.
2. Avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man. -- Grasp*ing*ly, adv. -- Grasp*ing*ness, n.
adj : immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are
avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting
covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping
old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money
and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile
employers stingy with raises for their employees" [syn:
avaricious, covetous, grabby, greedy, prehensile]
n 1: understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his
most strenuous graspings"
2: the act of gripping something firmly with the hands [syn: taking
hold, seizing, prehension]